As we progress further into the college football postseason, notable games and intriguing competitors will be featured more prominently. For now, though, relatively unknown mid-major programs will get to strut their stuff on the national stage to increase the reputations of their respectable albeit overshadowed programs. Better still, gifted athletes will get a fantastic opportunity to elevate their draft status to new heights as they attempt to impress NFL scouts before the NFL Draft commences in late April. Whether you’re a fan of the following teams or not, these contests will assuredly feature some competitive and gritty football that both fans and pundits should crave incessantly.
College Bowl Games On Today
1. Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: Akron Zips vs. FAU Owls
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM E.T.
Location: FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
TV Channel: ESPN
If the Zips hope to have any chance of pulling off the massive upset over the Owls in enemy territory, they will need to find some type of continuity at the quarterback position. Although Thomas Woodson has taken the majority of the snaps, his less than impressive passing statistics have prevented him from being the Zips starter consistently (57.2 CMP%). More than likely, Kato Nelson will get the start due to his decent scrambling capabilities and his discipline when it comes to not turning over the football. While Owls quarterback Jason Driskel may not be a gifted passer either, he at least has the accuracy (65.6 CMP%) and underrated rushing capabilities (six rushing touchdowns) to extend plays. However, the Owls truly shine when running back Devin Singletary has the ball in his hands (30 total touchdowns, 6.5 yards per rush attempt). Averaging less than five yards per rush attempt only twice this season, Singletary has the girth and escapability to frustrate opposing defenses who attempt to shoulder tackle him rather than using their arms to effectively wrap him up. Although the Zips have a respectable defense (26.3 PAPG), the Owls have way too much firepower in both their passing and rushing games to be stopped in what is effectively a home game.
Final Score: Zips 20 Owls 40 Spread: FAU -22.5